“I remember sitting in a hospital bed, in mental rehab, and I remember thinking the only thing that was going to keep me going was that I hadn't been married yet, and I hadn't had kids,” Cam confessed.
It was the thought of one day settling down and starting a family with a woman he loved that kept him going.
In a way, Cam owes that moment to wife Jules and son Ollie, who helped him realise those dreams years later. He even said in 2019 that meeting Jules “saved” him.
During his time in rehab Cam told himself: “You've got two choices here: either you're done, or you've got an opportunity to still be happy.”
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He seized that opportunity with both hands and went on to sign up for season six of MAFS, where he found Jules and proposed to her (for real) at their final vows.
Cam noted that like him, many young cricketers struggle mentally and emotionally when they leave the sport because they have no backup plan.
These days he’s loving life as a husband, dad and media personality, but Cam still shares regular mental health messages and support on his Instagram page.
If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, help is always available. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.